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seems to be a meta tag. Can it go?

A plug-in (or plugin) is a set of software components that adds specific abilities to a larger software application. If supported, plug-ins enable customizing the functionality of an application.

Some examples of tags shared by things tagged with :

  • plugins jenkins environment-variables starteam
  • android eclipse plugins installation
  • wordpress plugins jscrollpane
  • asp.net asp.net-mvc plugins iis-express
  • cakephp plugins
  • jquery css plugins gallery
  • java pdf plugins reader viewer
  • plugins crm retrieve
  • plugins npapi createprocess firebreath
  • visual-studio plugins

These are the tags for the top ten questions in at the time of this writing. Clearly none of these questions are similar to each other at all. I move to burninate.

Questions that need retagging:

  • Questions about the design pattern (plugin pattern) should be tagged . Questions about plugin development should be tagged .

  • Questions about plugins for a specific platform should be tagged with the appropriate tag for that platform, for example or .

  • Questions about plugin development for a particular platform should be retagged with the appropriate tag, for example .

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I would dispute this burnination as plugin is a valid architectural pattern. It may have been used incorrectly and need a tidy up, but extermination is too far.

Just to be totally pedantic, while the plugin pattern is singular, I believe most people when talking about it will use the plural form of the word. I wouldn't advocate a synonym as they do have slightly different contexts, therefore the best bet may be a tag tidy up - if it is enough of a problem.

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Can you find any questions that are using the plugins tag in this way? Note the plurality, plugin is an alias for plugins. Also note the tag wiki (added to the question). A new tag, plugin-pattern, could be created. This would be in line with observer-pattern, for instance. –  The Community Mar 29 '12 at 9:29
    
@GGG - I just came back and edited my answer in regards to that - before I even saw your comment, funny that :) –  slugster Mar 29 '12 at 9:34
    
I've added a "Questions that need retagging" section to my question :) –  The Community Mar 29 '12 at 10:25

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